Moments In A Box: The Gorge

The Gorge (J.Doran)

The Gorge (J.Doran)

Phish’s two-night stand at The Gorge has garnished lavish praise for its other-worldly improv- and rightfully so.  Representing the peak of Phish’s summer, each evening carried its own vibe and its own colossal jams.  In discussion of the two nights in Washington, there has been an obvious focus on the most mind-numbing improv, but less attention has been paid to some of the pieces that fit in between.  Here are three musical moments that took place over the two nights that have crystallized in my memory, but haven’t been widely noted.


Slave to the Traffic Light” 8.7 E

8.7 "Slave" (G.Lucas)

8.7 "Slave" (G.Lucas)

There is something so magical about a “Slave” encore, regardless of its context.  But paint the Columbia River Gorge in the background, and place it at the end of a deeply enchanting show, and you’ve got the recipe for a peak Phish experience.  Following a sublime final sequence of “Bathtub Gin > Harry Hood,” this encore felt congruent to the wide-open and delicate musical vibe of the show.  Seldom are “Hood” and “Slave” ever combined, but on this night, there was no other way to end the night.  Pure. Soulful. Majesty.

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Tweezer” 8.8 I

The Gorge 8.8.09 (W.Rogell)

The Gorge 8.8 (W.Rogell)

While this “Tweezer” wasn’t a straight throwdown like several others this summer, its intricate playing coupled with its sunset placement made this an indelible memory of the weekend.  Favoring a less-dancy rhythmic path, Trey and Fish were locked in a picking & drum pattern that carried the jam, while Mike and Page filled in the spaces therein.  Trey and Fish continued to layer their phrases, creating a quasi-staccato feel to the jam.  Trey finally breaks the cohesion with some slower licks that push Fish into a groove, and at this point, the band began meticulously building the piece with unique phrasings that carried a more tradional “Tweezer” sound.  With dusk upon The Gorge, nothing could have been better.

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Makisupa Policeman” 8.8 II

"Makisupa" 8.8 (E.Battuello)

"Makisupa" 8.8 (E.Battuello)

Following one of the most outrageous jams of the summer in “Rock and Roll,” the band segued into the
“cow-reggae” favorite, “Makisupa.”  An ideal bass-led passage of relaxation, things got Phishy towards the end of the song.  During the section of improv, Trey and Mike looked at each other and had an idea.  Slowly switching instruments, Mike took the lead on the ‘Doc.  Anyone who has seen Mike play guitar knows he’s got mad skills, and when he took over, his creative  lines have the music a more authentic island vibe.  Trey looked tiny behind the bass as he held down the bottom end with his trademark goofy smile.  Following one of the best jams of the year, it was time for a little fun- and this time, the music didn’t pay the price.

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The Wedge” 8.8 II

The Gorge (G.Lucas)

The Gorge (G.Lucas)

Slipped into the second set rather randomly, this version of “The Wedge” seemed more lively and energetic than other versions.  While the band didn’t necessarily do anything crazy, they just really ripped a juicy rendition of the summertime favorite- smack dab in the middle of the second set.  And it worked great.  The Gorge can even effect composed pieces, and here is some evidence.

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Jam of the Day:

Bathtub Gin” 11.9.95 II

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Here’s a preview of today’s download- some vintage ’95 improv.



11.9.1995 Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA < Torrent

11.9.1995 Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA < Megaupload

The Fox - Atlanta, GA

The Fox - Atlanta, GA

This was the first show after Halloween and a week-long break amidst Fall ’95’s 54-show marathon.  Beginning a legendary three-night run at The Fabulous Fox in Atlanta, this show kicked off the second half of fall which would culminate in December in one of the most revered months in Phish history.

I: Tweezer Reprise, The Divided Sky, Prince Caspian, Punch You in the Eye, Simple, Reba, Tela, Sample in a Jar

II: Theme From the Bottom, Julius, Lizards, Bathtub Gin > TMWSIY > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIY, Life on Mars?, Hello My Baby, The Squirming Coil

E: Loving Cup

Source: AKG C1000 (hypercardiod) > DAT @ 16/48 (Taper – J.T. Lucchesi)



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259 Responses to “Moments In A Box: The Gorge”

  1. Corey Says:

    @ Robear

    that’s reaujazz at comcast dot net

    sorry, my typing gets rough as the hours move on into the night.

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    just treid that with google- not true at all. not in san francisco at least

  3. Mr.Miner Says:

    Rare and Unreleased 1982-2000

    The Nancy Tracks:

    Bivouac Jaun:

    1982 Space Antelope:
    Space Antelope: December 7 1982 Watertown, CT: Lifespace, Watchtower,
    Franklins Tower, GDTRFB, Hemispheres, Wild Child, Fluff’s Travels,
    Walk on the Wild Side

    Early and Rare Material 83-85:
    Early and Rare Material 83-85: Jam, Slave, Antelope, Hydrogen, Hurricane

    1985 Green Dolphin Street Demo:

    1987 Ernest Anastasio Demo:

    1987 Promo Tape:

    1987 The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday:

    Pre-1990 Fishman on John Paluska’s Answering Machine:
    Fishman’s Frankenstein

    1990 Wendell Studios:

    1990 Buried Alive:
    Abominable Snowman (Buried Alive) Home from the Holidays, Burlington, VT 12-1990

    1993 Fishman’s Geodome:
    Fishman’s Geodome: May 15, 1993

    1993 Trey Guitar Class
    Trey Guitar Class July 1 1993

    1993 Trey
    Guitar Class 2
    Trey Guitar Class July 5, 1993: Caravan, Bewitched, Magilla, One Way
    Out, Why Don’t We Do It In the Road, Rock Me Baby, Shaky Ground, Jump
    Monk, Unknown

    1994 Purple Dragon Studios:
    Purple Dragon Studios, 4-26-94 Atlanta GA

    1995 Pork Tornado at Club Toast, VT
    Pork Tornado July 24, 1995

    1995 Left Nuts:

    1996 Clifford Ball Soundcheck:

    1996 Clifford Ball Radio:

    1997 Great Went Radio:

    1997 Free Single European Release:

    1997 We Like Page’s New Shirt

    Billy Breathes Sessions:

    Modern Rock Live Interview:

    Farmhouse Japanese Import:

    1998 Ghost sessions/Bearsville Studio Sessions:

    1998 KBCO Studios:
    KBCO Studios: Driver, Wading In The Velvet Sea, Possum, Roggae

    1998 Lemonwheel Soundcheck:

    1998 Lemonwheel Radio:

    1999 Trey & Company:
    The Virgin Jam

    1999 Trey Tibet House Benefit:
    Trey Tibet House Benefit: Spring Waterfall, Brian and Robert, Dirt,
    Billy Breathes

    1999 Big Cypress Radio:

    2000 Trey Tibet House Benefit:
    Trey Tibet House Benefit: Farmhouse,
    Inlaw Josie Wales, The House Where Nobody Lives

    2000 KFOG Studios:
    KFOG Studios Berkeley, CA: First Tube, Bug, Get Back on the Train,
    Sand, Heavy Things, Piper, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Dirt, Farmhouse

    2000 Sonic Studios:
    Sonic Studios: First Tube, Farmhouse, Twist, Heavy Things, Back On The
    Train, Piper, Inlaw Josie Wales, Bug, Gotta Jibboo

    2000 Austin City Limits:

    2000 Japan Soundcheck Compilation:
    Japan Souncheck Compilation: 6/13 ginseng
    Sullivan, cross roads, jam, Fish Jam. 6/14 Live and Let Die, Windora
    Bug, Bass Check. 6/15 Heavy Things, Uncle Pen, Jam, Windora Bug. 6/16
    Zepp Osaka Jam, Twist.

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    Rare and Unreleased 2001-2009

    2001 Vida Blue December 31:

    2002 Victor Disc:

    2002 Round Room:

    2002 Round Room Outtakes:

    2002 Vida Blue:

    2002 Trey Jammy’s Acceptance:

    2003 IT Summer Sampler:

    2003 IT Soundcheck:

    2003 IT Radio:

    2003 Flotsam Five:

    2003 Mike and Leo Mountain Stage Radio:

    Undermind Sessions:

    Undermind Outtake ‘Tiny’:

    2004 Summer Sampler:
    What I Did on My Summer Vacation

    2004 Coventry Soundcheck:

    2004 Mike Says No Coventry Disaster:

    2004 Coventry Radio:

    2005 Mike’s Jammy Acceptance Speech:

    2005 Divided Sky at Utica:

    2005 Serial Pod Christmas Jam:

    2005 Trey Tibet House Benefit:
    Trey Tibet House Benefit: Bar 17, Love is Freedom, Flock of Words

    2006 Trey Radio Interview:

    2006 Trey Day 19 – With Tom Marshall:
    Trey Day 19: Slave to the Traffic, Light (original – White Tape), Run
    Like an Antelope (original – White Tape), Kneuyarta (original
    Icculus), I Am Hydrogen (original), Log (original Divided Sky), Just
    For This Moment In Time (Tom Marshall), Adam & Eve (from ‘Man From
    Nantucket’ recording session)

    2006 Treyday 20 – With Tom Marshall:
    Trey Day 20: NICU
    (original), Silent in the Morning (original, with The Horse intro),
    The Wedge (original), NICU (original), Silent in the Morning
    (original, with The Horse intro), The Wedge (original), Skip the
    Goodbyes (Amfibian), Trey & Tom (in studio) – Inexorably, Trey & Tom-
    Walls of the Cave (original), Trey & Tom (Mathilda) – My Swollen Gland

    2006 Treyday 21 – With Tom Marshall:
    Trey Day 21: Trey & Tom- Waste (original from Caymen Islands), Trey &
    Tom – Teaching a Stone to Speak (from ‘Man From Nantucket’ recording
    session), Trey & Tom – Reach, Trey & Tom – No Regrets
    Trey & Tom – Wading in the Velvet Sea (original), Trey & Tom – Twist
    (original), Trey & Tom – Limb by Limb (original), Limb by Limb, The
    Birdwatcher (Phish’s very last recorded song in 2.0)

    2006 Trey Day with his Daughters
    Trey Day with his Daughters: Eliza Anastasio (in studio) – Goodbye
    Head, Trey Anastasio – Goodbye Head, Trey Interviews Daughters, Eliza
    & Isabella Anastasio (Hot Peppers)(in studio) – Grandparents Song, Bob
    Marley – Soul Shakedown Party, Trey & daughters, Stevie Wonder –
    Golden Lady, Trey & daughters, Phish – Limb by Limb, Trey Anastasio
    Band – Black Dog LIV, Eliza & Isabella Anastasio (in studio) – Pigs,
    Pigs, Pigs, Eliza & Isabella Anastasio (in studio) – Pokemon Song

    2007 Page McConnell World Cafe Live:

    2007 Page

    Mike’s Fountain Jam:

    Mike and Leo play Twist:

    Mike Talks about the Bass:

    Reimdon’s Mike Compilation Volume 1:

    2008 Andelman’s Yardsale:
    Green Sparrow Demo’s and Outtakes

    Cyril Ferguson –
    Original Ya Mar

  5. voopa Says:

    Holy crap!

  6. whole tour! Says:

    killer links thank you mr. miner

  7. bearito Says:

    Wow, what a Phishy Grab bag. Thanks Miner!

  8. mutt Says:

    on your “slave” recording from the Gorge, notice the sexy girl saying sorry at the beginning..

  9. Corey Miles Says:

    I can’t believe that all those links are shot thanks to the FED’s. No more delicious tunes for my ears. Government is ridiculous. :(

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